May 12, 2017 Subject:
Forgot how interesting he was
I remember when I was 16 or 17, living in South Wellfleet, MA, and waiting for Jean's show on WOR to start at 10:15 PM. Reception on my AM radio was terrible. I had to turn the radio to get the best reception. Listening to Jean weeknights was like overhearing an unfiltered adult conversation, which made me feel like I was getting a glimpse into the world of grownup people.
September 16, 2014 Subject:
Vermillion, South Dakota Greatly Exaggerated
Shep's description of Vermillion, SD, was a mix of reality and fantasy. As a graduate of USD in Vermillion, there are few facts noted but the rest are just plain childish babble. Based on the year of this show, Jean might have gone through the town or been influenced by several people in New York who were USD graduates. A couple might be Tommy Brokaw and Jo Blue. I might have mailed him a letter myself. :) Shep's PBS tour of America had none of ye olde viva of his radio shows, unfortunately. The best of his radio shows for me were the Army stories and the steel mill stories. The world surely needs another Shep. The fey Gary Keillor is no match for Shep's gusto. Oh well! That's show biz! Shep STILL gets the highest rating for content. But not so high for audio quality. There must be some way to fix up the shows with distorted audio, nowadays. Some nice person should fix them. Eh what?
March 7, 2013 Subject:
Jean Shepherd, radio overview
By bringing an American point of view to listeners on the East coast and around the U.S. through N.P.R. he became part of Americana and our history.
These are a few of the shows available on the web and prove he was a humorist, intellectual, and opinionated observer of the world. Today, some of his views are not P.C. and we may question why he held them. If we look at our past or our views now, we should know we are, like him, flawed humans. He helped us understand who we were and what we became. His humor and wit helps us make sense of life. May his contributions live on for decades to come.